Leeds United has reportedly had a bid accepted for York City striker Ryan Edmondson. The 16 year old starlet had made his senior debut for the Minstermen in current York City manager Martin Gray’s first match against Brackley, but did not feature in today’s win over Alfreton Town.
Edmundson has reportedly also received interest from Middlesbrough in the past, and while current York City boss did not comment on any rumours surrounding his player during the press conference, the York Press is reporting that the transfer will be made public next week.
Leeds recently recalled their young Northern Ireland youth international goalkeeper Bailey Peacock-Farrell from his month-long loan spell at York City. When the loan deal to send Peacock-Farrell to Leeds United’s non-League neighbours was first announced, we noted that the York City ground, Bootham Crescent, is actually closer to the current Leeds training ground at Thorp Arch than Elland Road is to Thorp Arch.
Leeds have made youth development a priority under new owner Andrea Radrizzani, and the Director of Football, Victor Orta, has responded by snapping up young talent from all over Europe, with players such as Kun Temenuzkhov, who was recently named as one of the top 60 prospects in the world born in the year 2000 by the Guardian, making a switch to Leeds from Barcelona’s highly rated youth system.
It will be a bit different to see the transfer of a youth product from Leeds United’s backyard, rather than from Spain or elsewhere in Europe. It also shows that the deal to send Peacock-Farrell on loan to York City might not have been just about giving the young keeper some playing time. And while Ronaldo Vieira did not come from York City, he was snapped up by Leeds United while living in York. It’s good to see a local lad get a chance at Leeds, so while Edmondson is probably years away from a senior debut at the club, keep him in mind in a couple years to see how the youth system is doing at developing players.